• WordNet 3.6
    • v petrify cause to become stonelike or stiff or dazed and stunned "The horror petrified his feelings","Fear petrified her thinking"
    • v petrify make rigid and set into a conventional pattern "rigidify the training schedule","ossified teaching methods","slogans petrify our thinking"
    • v petrify change into stone "the wood petrified with time"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Petrify Fig.: To become stony, callous, or obdurate. "Like Niobe we marble grow,
      And petrify with grief."
    • Petrify To become stone, or of a stony hardness, as organic matter by calcareous deposits.
    • Petrify To convert, as any animal or vegetable matter, into stone or stony substance. "A river that petrifies any sort of wood or leaves."
    • Petrify To make callous or obdurate; to stupefy; to paralyze; to transform; as by petrifaction; as, to petrify the heart. Young. "Petrifying accuracy.""And petrify a genius to a dunce.""The poor, petrified journeyman, quite unconscious of what he was doing.""A hideous fatalism, which ought, logically, to petrify your volition."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • petrify To convert into stone or a stony substance; change into stone.
    • petrify To make hard as stone; render hard or callous: as, to petrify the heart.
    • petrify To paralyze or stupefy as with fear or amazement: as, to petrify one with astonishment.
    • petrify To become stone or of a stony hardness, as organic matter by means of calcareous or other deposits in its cavities; hence, to change into lifeless hardness or rigidity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Petrify pet′ri-fī to turn into stone: to make hard like a stone: to fix in amazement
    • v.i Petrify to become stone, or hard like stone:—pa.t. and pa.p. pet′rified
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  • Felix E. Schelling
    Felix E. Schelling
    “Architecture is petrified music.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world -- and never will.”
  • A. Whitney Brown
    A. Whitney Brown
    “I am as frustrated with society as a pyromaniac in a petrified forest.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false.”
  • Jean Cocteau
    “A film is a petrified fountain of thought.”
  • George Eliot
    “In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. petra, rock, Gr. (akin to a stone) + -fy,: cf. F. pétrifier,. Cf. Parrot Petrel Pier


In literature:

But there stands his statue in the Guildhall in the act of making his speech, as if the monstrous attempt had petrified him.
"Passages From the English Notebooks, Volume 2" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Amazement petrified the two attendant policemen.
"Blind Love" by Wilkie Collins
For the moment, Mrs. Gallilee was petrified.
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins
Don't you see that these infamous doctrines petrify the human heart?
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll, Volume I" by Robert Green Ingersoll
After this manner, it is my opinion that you should petrify this dog and this fox.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book IV." by Francois Rabelais
Don't you see that these infamous doctrines petrify the human heart?
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
I'm the man with a petrified heart and biler-iron bowels!
"Life On The Mississippi, Part 1." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Sounds like poetry, but it's the petrified truth.
"Life On The Mississippi, Part 7." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Take ladies and gentlemen quick to Pyramids and Sphinx or Petrified Forest!
"It Happened in Egypt" by C. N. Williamson
I stood for some moments as though I had been petrified.
"Beaux and Belles of England" by Mary Robinson

In poetry:

For a cabin in the north
Hemlock may be fine,
But the houses on this knoll
Were petrified pine.
"Stone Axe Ruins" by Norman MacLeod
It was as if to marble cold
My loss had petrified the air,
And I was shut within its hold,
Made deathless by despair.
"Love, Dreaming of Death" by Charles Harpur
That both alike scorned worldly aim,
Profit, applause, parade, and pride,
Whereby the love of generous fame
And worthy deeds grows petrified.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
And all the moonlit cows and all the sheep
Stare up at her petrified, while she swells
Filling heaven, as if red hot, and sailing
Closer and closer like the end of the world.
"The Harvest Moon" by Ted Hughes
And this was the cave of the mirror,
that double woman who stares
at herself, as if she were petrified
in time — two ladies sitting in umber chairs.
You kissed your grandmother
and she cried.
"The Double Image" by Anne Sexton
‘Nay, over-gaudy grown with time that grows,
Religion robes herself in rainbow dyes.
Ah, sighs and tears! the sighs she doth enclose
In bubbles, and the tears she petrifies;
And pomp enwrappeth in a golden pall
The rich rigidity of ritual.
"Beauty Of Worship" by Archbishop William Alexander

In news:

She doesn't go to Narcotics Anonymous meetings and tell other recovering addicts about how she trekked into North Philly's Badlands - 5-foot-nothing, alone, petrified - to buy dope.
"The promos for Real Housewives are airing, and I am petrified.".
I mean, I don't love them either, but I'm not petrified of them.
From 'petrified' to passionate about marine biology .
The nerves of being a rookie got to Ron and for the first time he was petrified of failing, so he picked up the phone and called Craig.
Petrified Forest's ' conscience ' rocks returned to park.
Bobby Brown 's family is petrified that the troubled singer will end up in jail once again following his recent DUI arrest -- his second within the past year.
Island Film Group to screen 'The Petrified Forest '.
The Island Film Group will gather at 7 pm Wednesday, Dec 12 to watch "The Petrified Forest " at the Bainbridge Public Library.
It offers 14-foot-wide petrified redwood stumps and plenty of insect and plant fossils — but sorry, no dinosaur relics.
Photo from Petrified Collection via Getty Images.
Where in Patagonia is the Petrified Forest.
National Public Lands Day To Be Celebrated At Petrified Forest.
Petrified by the fiscal cliff.
The tours will be conducted by volunteers from the Petrified Forest Museum Association and the Bucket of Blood Re-Enactors.

In science:

Image 86 focuses on a piece of petrified wood.
The Cyborg Astrobiologist: Testing a Novelty-Detection Algorithm on Two Mobile Exploration Systems at Rivas Vaciamadrid in Spain and at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah
This area has given rise to a rich body of knowledge and to a number of tools, e.g., petrify and viptool .
Maximal Structuring of Acyclic Process Models
Yet, these solutions fail in our setting: petrify aims at maximizing concurrency while our synthesis preserves given concurrency, viptool synthesizes nets with arc weights, which do not map to process models.
Maximal Structuring of Acyclic Process Models